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Ecumenical family response to the PCT election Message

A. PCT PARTNER CHURCHES


Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK)

2016-01-22

Dear Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong,

Warm greetings from the Presbyterian Church of Korea!

I heartily congratulate the people of Taiwan with regard to the result of Presidential and Legislative Election on January 16, 2016. I would like to express my warm gratitude for your kind sharing of the good news as well.

It is quite inspiring that the Taiwanese people have chosen Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen as their president and given most of the seats to the Democratic Progressive Party. I have been especially inspired by the news that the young generation of Taiwan has taken significant roles in the process of democratization. I rejoice in one accord with the people and will be vigorously supporting the PCT's courageous endeavor to enhance people's life in terms of human rights and to advocate the independence of the nation.

I hope that the PCK and PCT would be standing firmly in strong solidarity with Hope for the Reign of God which drives unrighteous earthly powers out and brings the Just Peace into the vulnerable world, in the midst of complex and multi-faceted situation with which East Asian countries have encountered.

May the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan as well as the people of God who cry out for God's intervention in their daily lives!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. Dr. Hong Jung Lee
General Secretary
Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK)



The Presbyterian Church of Wales

2016-01-22

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

It is with great joy that I send you this message of support and encouragement on behalf of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, following the Presidential and Legislative Elections in Taiwan on 16 Jan 20 16. We rejoice that the process ran smoothly and that the transition of power was achieved without incident and that so many young people especially participated in the elections as campaigners and candidates.

We congratulate the new president, Dr Tsai Ing-Wen, on her election and wish her well for the future government of Taiwan. It is encouraging to learn of Dr Tsai's pledge that the Presidency will be transparent and accountable, and we pray for all attempts to ensure co-operation with other political parties in order to secure a bright future for the people of Taiwan.

We are also aware of the positive and prophetic role The Presbyterian Church of Taiwan has had in the life of the country, and applaud once more its unyielding commitment to mercy and justice over so many years.

May God richly bless the ministry of the Church and its ongoing witness to the Kingdom in the light of the Gospel.

Yours in Christ,
Rev Dr Elwyn Richards
Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCW


The Presbyterian Church in Canada

2016-01-20

Thank you very much for passing this on to us. It points in encouraging directions.

We continue to delight in the mutual prayer support our churches are committed to.

The Rev. Stephen Kendall
Principal Clerk
The Presbyterian Church in Canada



20 January 2016

Rev. Tin Bun-Jin
Moderator, 60th General Assembly

Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong
General Secretary

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
3, Lane 269,Roosevelt Road Sec. 3
Taipei 10647 TAIWAN

Dear Rev. Tin and Rev. Lyim,

Your friends in The Presbyterian Church in Canada join with you in offering thanksgiving to God for the peaceful and democratic elections that recently took place in Taiwan. We understand the significance of these elections, and will pray for President Tsai Ing-Wen as she confronts the many challenges that are the reality in Taiwan now.

The role of any church in the political arena, is to bear witness to the truth, and to encourage justice and compassion. The words of the prophet Micah remain as true now as they were 2,700 years ago; when he urged the people “to love mercy, seek justice and walk humbly with God”. The PCT has chosen a beautiful passage from the Scriptures to guide you in your relationship with government.

We will pray for the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and for all the leadership, that you will be given wisdom, courage and patience as you faithfully serve Jesus Christ in word and deed.

Warmest Christian greetings!

Ping-an, Peace,

Glynis Williams
Associate Secretary for International Ministries



Global Ministries

2016-01-20

Dear Rev. Tin Bun-Jin, Moderator, and Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong, General Secretary,

On behalf of DOC, UCC and Global Ministries, we wish a peaceful government transition and happiness of people in Taiwan!

May God bless you all!

Rev. Dr. Xiaoling Zhu
Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific
Global Ministries
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the USA and Canada, and
United Church of Christ, USA


Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

19 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

Thanks for the wonderful video that touched me and remembered Taiwan where I lived more than 15 years.

Congratution! I join the joy.

God be with Taiwan always!

Rev. Choon S. Lim
PC(USA) Regional Liaison for East Asia

(and former missionary partner)


The United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ-Kyodan)

18 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong,

Greetings from Tokyo.

The General Secretary, Rev. Tetsuo Nagasaki, congratulates the landslide victory of the Democratic Progressive Party and Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen.

May the Lord bless Taiwan and the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan abundantly.

Sincerely in Christ,

Teruki Takada, staff, on behalf of
the General Secretary, Rev. Tetsuo Nagasaki
The United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ-Kyodan)
日本基督教団事務局

18 January 2016

Dear Carys,

Thank you for the heart-warming words.

Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at Rev. Lee Meng-Jer’s Tokyo Taiwanese Church. In this sense it was a very special Sunday.

The number of attendees seemed to be much smaller than usual due to the elections (as the rest went back to Taiwan), but the Lord allowed me to have a good fellowship after the worship service. I felt the Lord loved Taiwan and its Christians very much during the week-end.

Blessings to you as you serve the Lord at the PCT!

Sincerely in Christ,
Teruki Takada, staff
The United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ-Kyodan)
日本基督教団事務局


The United Reformed Church

18 January 2016 21:34

Dear Rev. Lyim,

A huge congratulations on the election results. What an historic occasion!

Best wishes,

Francis

Dr. Francis Brienen
UCR Deputy General Secretary for Mission


Christian Conference of Asia

18 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

Very glad to hear that Taiwanese people have made this momentous decision of electing a Woman PresidentDr. Tsai Ing-Wen “Siao-Ing. Congratulations. We pray that Madame President, Vice President Chen and Taiwan legislative members will be good leaders and will keep the welfare of the Taiwanese people at heart. It is indeed good to know that the honorable Vice-President has acknowledged the contributions of the Catholic and Protestant Churches and Missionaries. It is a good and positive beginning, and a foundation on which the Taiwanese churches can build a good working relationship. Best wishes from all of us at CCA.

with best wishes

Susan

Susan Jacob
CCA Communications


Church of Scotland

19 January 2016

Hello Rev. Lyim,

Happy New Year to you too! Apologies for the delay in responding but we’ve been in the US for my nephew’s wedding and now in catch up mode.

Also, have followed the Presidential Elections and I’m sure there will be some pleasure in Dr Tsai’s election. I met her a couple of times through PCT most recently in Kaoshiung last June. I sent her congratulations through the DPP website. Hope they reached her. Seems that there will be interesting times for your new President and all of you.

All the best to everyone in the PCT office and, of course, yourself.

Peng an

John

Very Rev John C Christie
Former Moderator Church of Scotland


(Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

2016-01-21

Thank you Rev. Lyim,

an excellent statement. I am sure you have forwarded this to Andrew and the GA Office here. This is great news

I wrote a letter to the NZ Herald (the Auckland daily newspaper) on the development of Taiwan's democracy which was published yesterday. I was pleased about that.

Please pass my greetings on to our friends in the office,

Rgds,

Stuart Vogel
PCANZ

(ad former missionary partner)



B. FORMER MISSIONARY PERSONNEL

24 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

Thank you so much for sending the Message of the PCT about Presidential and Legislative Election.We also prayed for Dr. Tsai Ying Wen and we too happy to hear that she won the election. This is God's blessing for Taiwan as well as for the PCT.

May God bless you all.

Zauva & Sapi

Rev. Zaidarhzauva and Mrs. Sapvengi
CWM PCI (Mizoram) missionary partners


24 January 2016

Thank you, Rev. Lyim, for including us in these messages you send out.
We will always love Taiwan, and are so glad God gave us the opportunityto work there with you. Sandy & Mal

Mrs. Sandy & Rev. Mal Howatt Mallinson
Short-term volunteers PC(USA)


22 January 2016

Well Rev. Lyim many thanks for sending the clips. I've watched some of the clips and enjoyed trying to understand the heavily Taiwanese accented kok-gu speeches. We are delighted with the new President's success, and hope that she manages to build on Tan Sian-si" work.

Love and Peng-an,

Ka Hoa-tek and Ka To-lin

Many thanks and God bless Taiwan!

Walter and Doreen

Mr. Walter and Mrs. Doreen Carruthers
URC former missionary partners


22 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

I appreciate that you have sent to me the links and the message of PCT on the Presidential and Legislative Elections in Taiwan 16.January 2016. I pray to God for the people of Taiwan that they will get international attention and respect. I hope for the new government of Taiwan that it will contribute to peace in the region in a wise manner.

With best wishes,

sincerely yours

Justus Freytag


Rev. Dr. Justus Freytag
Germany – short term mission partner


21 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

Thank you for the PCTs comments concerning the Taiwan elections. Trust that Dr. Tsai Ing-wen will be able to lead and promote Taiwan's position in the world' community. We applaud the PCT for it's support for a better trade relation with the Chinese government.

Thank you for your translation of thePCT letterfor us who don't read the Chinese characters.

Blessings and prayers,

Ed and Janie Senner
Dr. Edward L. Senner former PC(USA) Mission Partner


21 January 2016

Excellent letter! Thank you for sharing it with us! Prayers continue for PCT and the people of Taiwan.

Thanks so much. Made me a little "homesick" for Taiwan.

Though I do not know either of the winners, I will certainly be praying for them as they lead Taiwan.

Take care and please assure the leaders of the PCT that prayers are being offered for them, their families and for their leadership of the church there.

Take care and keep in touch. Joy to you, Ann Broom

Ms Ann Broon
Former PC(USA) missionary partner


21 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

Thank you so much for sending me the new of the election of Taiwan's new president! We rejoice with you!

Faith Bradley

Mrs. Faith Bradley
Former PC(USA) missionary partner


2016-01-21

My dear Hong-tiong!

I am so very thrilled at the election results! Congratulations to all of you.

Your very clear statement from the Executive Committee is a beautiful reminder of the PCT intention and leadership.

May God continue to guide and bless you in nation-building and gospel bringing,

Rowland Van Es (Ban Ek-su) [ a happy former Exec. Comm. member]

(Former RCA missionary partner)


2016-01-21

Dear Rev. Lyim:

HOORAY!! Wonderful news. God bless Taiwan and its new leadership.

An excellent statement. Thanks for sending it. Brings back many memories of the old days.

Blessings,

Wendell

(Rev. Wendell Karsen
Former RCA missionary partner)


21 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

I hope that 2016 will be a good happy and blessed one for you and for the PCT.

We were overjoyed to learn the results of the election I wrote to Shou Hwei in Manchester to give our congratulations. Now having the actual results it is even better news as we worried that there would be opposition but with such a clear majority that is unlikely, at least within Taiwan.

After the invitation to the 150th anniversary came I was excited as I had attended the 100th but as I received it too late to apply and in any case my hip would have not liked the journey (I was hit by a car four years ago which broke my hip and it is still not good and was very sore when the invitation came.). I did think of attending the later celebration in September but after realising how hot and humid it would be at that time of year and that the celebrations would all be in Taiwanese I decided not to. It would be lovely to see my friends particularly those on the East Coast. If my hip improves I might go.

The confession of faith of the PCT is mentioned in the report would you please send me an English copy of it as I am working on a possible confession.

PeterSu Bi De

Rev. Peter and Mrs. Agnes Storey
Former URC missionary partner


20 January 2016

Aloha Rev. Lyim;

Congratulations to all freedom-loving Taiwanese on the great election results! I wish it received more coverage here in USA.

Mahalo for all the good work you do.

Gary Hoff

Mr. Gary Hoff
UCBWM former missionary partner


20 January 2016

We follow the election news from Taiwan with great interest. We pray that the future brings peace,economic cooperation, and a spreading of the gospel as all of us work to spread the message and love of Jesus. May 2016 bring you God's rich blessings.

Anna Paddon

Rev. Richard Paddon PC(USA) and Dr. Anna Paddon (Fulbright Scholar)
served as short term missionary volunteers
at East Gate PCT in Taipei English worship


18 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

I am so glad at the outcome of the election and will continue to pray for Taiwan, the church, and all the people. Ping An and Ju Fu,

Bob

Rev. Bob Montgomery
PC(USA) former missionary partner


18 January 2016

Thanks for these links, Carys. What an exciting time in Taiwan`s history! May God grant Tsai Ing-wen and her elected legislators wisdom to lead Taiwan into the future.

Mary Beth

Mrs. Mary Beth McLean
PCC former missionary partner


18 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim

Do you have your feet on the earth yet! What an exciting week this has been! Thanks for sending the links re; the election. I am sending them on to Ruth who is caught up in the excitement as well.

Please pass my greetings on to Joyce and Iap Bok-su, and to Cecilia. It was lovely to see all your photos on Facebook. Iap Bok-su must be over the moon these days. I remember how strongly he expressed himself when we were on the various tours in April.

It reminded me of how careful we had had to be during our time in Taiwan when we were still living under martial law. I will continue to pray for our new President , Vice-President and the new government, as well as the PCT , Love, Mh

Mary Helen Garvin
PCC former missionary partner


C. FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES OF PCT AND TAIWAN


2016-01-21

My prayers continue and congratulations to the people of Taiwan and the PCT in the results of the election.

Long before my 2011 PCT Study Tour, my desire has been for the people of Taiwan and their independence.

As God wills may we see an Independent and prosperous Taiwan.

Because Jesus Lives
i am

Ron

Mr. Ron Phillips
Member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada
– participated in a PCC mission team visit


22 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

To God's Glory and Honor

I as a Pastor for the Tuvalu Christian Church here in Wellington New Zealand is proud to inform you that ever since the country of Taiwan go into Election all our attention focus on the outcome of the Election. But thank God, He does answers our humble prayers. Therefore, I believe wholeheartedly that God will continue on supporting the new elected Government as well as the PCT with the many blessing from Him. We will remember you all in our prayers and I must conclude with the saying "LONG LIVE TAIWAN".

God bless You

Kindly regards

Rev Ioane Peleti,
Tuvalu Christian Church here in Wellington New Zealand


20 January 2016

I hope the election results are pleasing to folk & that she governs wisely.

My thoughts have been for Taiwan this last weekend.

Sue

Mrs Susan Beeby
(wife of the late Dan Beeby, missionary partner)


19 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim

Many thanks for all this information,I am sure Mum and Dad looking down are thrilled,so will so many up there. I hope this Lady has the strength and courage not to kow-tow to those on the mainland, as dad would say they are not to be trusted.

Hope all is well with you in Taiwan,

Thanks again for the information and good luck to Taiwan, PCT and CCH.

Don

Don Landsborough
(son of the late David and Jean Landsborough, URC missionary partners)


18 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

Thankyou so much. What joy. Jane and I were sending celebratory whatsups on Saturday.

Every blessing and love to all,

Allison

Allison Beeby Lonsdale
(daughter of the late Dan and Joyce Beeby, URC missionary partners)


18 January 2016

Dear Rev. Lyim,

Yhank you so very much for sending this. We've been so excited here, and it's wonderful that missionaries have been mentioned as you say. We are wishing the new President, Vice President and Assembly members all strength and wisdom in the days to come!

With all best wishes to you,

Jane

Jane Anderson
(daughter of the late Boris and Clare Anderson URC missionary partners)


18 January 2016

Dear Carys,

Many thanks indeed for the links. I saw the news on the BBC website and immediately thought of you all. It was wonderful to see the election outcome. I'm presently in S India, teaching in a seminary in Bangalore and enjoying every minute of it!

I recall one evening when I was involved in a demonstration on behalf of the DPP as we marched through the streets of Taipei. Fine days.

All good wishes,

John

Rev. John Parry
URC minister


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